New PC for my computer lab

I needed an extra PC for a video editing class I was going to teach. I wanted it to be beefy enough but not too expensive. I started with a PC Gamer “medium” game system recommendations and tweaked it a bit.

Oh: it had to be quiet!

The New Blue Computer

I ordered everything from Amazon and the prices are what I paid in January 2009. The basic system cost $1,062 and the KVM cost $564.

Antec Nine Hundred Steel ATX Ultimate Gamer PC Case $108.60
CORSAIR 750w TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply $107.64
EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 nForce 780i SLI 3xPCI-Express x16 PCI-Express 2.0 Socket 775 A1 Version Motherboard $236.77
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad-Core Processor, 2.40 GHz, 8M L2 Cache, LGA 775 $189.99
Corsair XMS2 4 GB (2 X 2 GB) PC2-6400 800 MHz 240-PIN DDR2 Dual-Channel Memory Kit – TWIN2X4096-6400C5 $54.99
Zalman CNPS9700LED Ultra Quiet Cpu Cooler $59.99
EVGA 512-P3-N879-AR GeForce 9800 GTX + 512 MB DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card $187.10
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II WD5000AAKS $59.99
HP 22X DVDRW LS IDE Retail Black $37.66
Sabrent CRW-UINB 68 in 1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Internal Memory Card Reader & Writer (Black) $19.32

The Keyboard, Video, and Mouse:

Ergotron LX Desk Mount Arm – mounting kit ( 45-179-195 ) $114.99
Samsung SyncMaster 2493HM 24″ LCD Monitor $378.99
Logitech 967688-0403 MX3200 Cordless Desktop Laser (Black) $70.98


I’ve been really happy with this system. Quiet, stable, fast, and I love the case!

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